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Bomb Threat at Watertown High School; Students Sent Home

A threatening note was found at the school.

A Watertown Police cruiser sits outside Watertown High School during a bomb threat Thursday. Photo: Charlie Breitrose.
A Watertown Police cruiser sits outside Watertown High School during a bomb threat Thursday. Photo: Charlie Breitrose.
UPDATE: 3:13 p.m.

Superintendent Jean Fitzgerald released a statement which said Watertown High School was evacuated as a safety measure after a "threatening note" was found at the school on Thursday. 

All events at the school on Thursday afternoon and evening will be cancelled as a precaution, Fitzgerald wrote. 

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The building has now been cleared and school will resume as normal on Friday, December 6th. The Watertown Police Department is conducting an investigation into this incident," Fitzgerald wrote. 


UDPATE: 1:05 p.m.

The State Police bomb squad have left Watertown High School and the Watertown Fire Department is also leaving, according to scanner reports. No word on if anything was found.


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By Charlie Breitrose and Liz Taurasi


Watertown Police and Fire personnel are searching Watertown High School for a possible bomb. 

The State Police bomb squad was called in when a bomb threat was reported at the high school, between 11 a.m and noon. 

Students were evacuated to a nearby church, then were sent home.

"They said go to the church. and we were chilling there. Then they said go home don't go to the school," said WHS junior George Kataftos.

Senior Ben Jones said he was in photography class when he and his classmates were told leave. 

"The led us a church and we were there for about half an hour to an hour."

It is unclear whether the threat is credible. At about 12:30 p.m. police led Superintendent Jean Fitzgerald and WHS Headmaster Shirley Lundberg into the school. According to the scanner, police and firefighters continue to search the building as of 12:45 p.m.

Police have closed off Columbia Street, but cars continue to roll past the school on Common Street. 

Watertown Patch will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.
Dawn December 06, 2013 at 07:26 AM
The Watertown Police need to find who wrote that note. & see to rightful law upholdinging. So, others will learn & hopefully it will NOT go on again. Our children are in school to learn, NOT to get scared. This person(s) needs correcting for their action. Moving on.... Have a good day

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